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10 Interesting Facts About Kanchenjunga

Kanchenjunga, also known as Kangchenjunga, is the 3 rd highest mountain in the world. It has an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft). Kanchenjunga is the 2 nd highest mountain in the Himalayas after Mt. Everest. Kanchenjunga is located at the border of Nepal and India . It is the 2 nd highest mountain in Nepal (after Mt. Everest) and the highest in India. This mountain contains  5 hills.  Two are present in Nepal, while the other three are located directly on the border of Nepal and Sikkim ( India ). Kanchenjunga was considered the highest mountain in the world from 1847 to 1852. It was placed in its current 3 rd position after the discovery of Mt. Everest in 1852 and K2 in 1856. Kanchenjunga was first climbed in May 1955 by two English mountaineers, Joe Brown and George Band.  Kanchenjunga   was climbed for the first time in 1955 and without oxygen in 1979 In 1979, three English mountaineers (Doug Scott, Joe Tasker, and Peter Boardman) completed the first ascent of Kanche

15+ Interesting Facts About Bowhead Whales

The Bowhead whale is one of the baleen whales. They are different from toothed whales ( dolphins , porpoises, sperm whales, beaked whales, etc.) due to the presence of baleen instead of teeth in their mouth. It is one of the few species of whales that are endemic to the waters of the  Arctic and subarctic region . They spend their entire life in this freezing water. The Bowhead whale is the only member of the baleen whale that is endemic to the waters of this polar region. They are named so due to the  triangular shape of their massive head. This shape and size of the head are helpful for bowhead whales to break through the ice of the Arctic. Due to its presence in this polar area, the bowhead whale is also known as Arctic Whale, Great Polar Whale, and Greenland right whale. Bowhead whales can dive up to  500 ft (150 m) . They can remain underwater in a single dive for less than 20 minutes. Their  normal speed  is in the range of 2 to 5 km/h. At the time of danger, they can

10+ Interesting Facts About the Taklamakan Desert

Taklamakan Desert is present in Xinjiang , an autonomous region in Northwest China.  It is the largest, warmest, and driest desert in China . With an area of around 337,000 km2, Taklamakan is the 16 th largest desert in the world. More than 85% area of the Taklamakan Desert is composed of dunes. It is the world’s 2 nd largest sandy desert after Rub al Khali in Saudi Arabia . The large mountain ranges surround the Taklamakan desert from three sides. These include Pamirs in the west, Tien Shan in the north, and the Kunlun Mountains in the south. These mountain ranges create a  rain shadow,  which is the reason for the existence of this cold desert. Mountain ranges around Taklamakan create rain shadows   The Taklamakan is one of the several  cold  deserts  of Central  Asia  and its adjacent areas. The climate is warm (can reach 40 Celsius) in summers and cold in winters (-20 Celsius). There are several  meanings  attributed to the word “Taklamakan.” It may mean “abandoned p

29 Interesting Facts About Ostriches

Ostrich, a flightless bird, is the largest living bird . The height of an adult male is more than 7 ft.  Ostrich also lays the largest egg  of any bird. On average, these eggs are 13 cm wide, 15 cm long, and weigh 1.4 kg. But these eggs are the smallest ones relative to the size of the bird . These eggs are just 1 to 4% the size of the female ostrich. Ostriches have  three stomachs  and an extremely long intestine that takes 36 hours to digest food, pebbles, and other hard materials. This complex digestive system is the base for ostriches having separate systems for urination and defecation. All the other birds have a single system for both of these functions. ( Source ) An important feature that distinguishes ostriches from other birds is  two toes  on each foot. Flying birds have four toes on each foot, while other flightless birds have three toes per foot. Ostrich’s eye is 5 meters across. It is bigger than the bird’s brain and the  largest eye of any living land animal. There ar

35+ Interesting Facts About Scorpions

The scorpion is an invertebrate animal of class arachnids. It is distinguishable from other animals of its class through pair of grasping claws and a segmented tail with a venomous stinger. So far, more than 1,750 species of scorpions have been discovered. Out of more than 1,700 known species, only about  25 have venom  that can prove fatal for humans. Out of all these lethal scorpions, all except one are part of the family known as  “Buthidae.”  Scorpions of this family are present in many parts of the world, especially in North Africa and the Middle East. There is a misconception that scorpions commit suicide when surrounded by fire. In reality, scorpions  don’t commit suicide  in any circumstances. ( Source ) It is a wrong assumption that female scorpions commonly consume males after mating or that males sacrifice themselves. In reality,  sexual cannibalism  is rare among scorpions, and it only happens in case of food deprivation. ( Source ) Scorpions can  live without food  for